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Punjab Police nab Ludhiana-based man who sold 3 methanol drums that led to 111 hooch deaths

Press Reporter News Service
Chandigarh, August 4

In a serious breakthrough within the hooch tragedy case, Punjab Police have arrested a Ludhiana-based paint retailer proprietor, allegedly chargeable for triggering the chain of occasions that in the end resulted within the dying of 111 folks throughout three districts.

Rajeev Joshi, proprietor of Ludhiana Paint Retailer, was nabbed late on Monday night, in keeping with DGP Dinkar Gupta, who stated the accused had disclosed that he provided the three drums of methanol (methyl alcohol), which have been used to make the spurious methanol-based alcohol, to Prabhdeep Singh, nephew of Ravinder Anand of Moga who’s additional linked with Avtar Singh.

The police are monitoring the leads given by Joshi, who was reportedly procuring varied kinds of alcohol and spirits from varied locations in Punjab and Delhi.

With the arrest of Joshi and two different key gamers in the complete tragic saga, the variety of arrests within the case has gone as much as 40 – 21 from Tarn Taran, 10 from Amritsar-Rural and 9 from Batala.

The arrests adopted 563 raids carried out within the three districts since July 31, underneath 5 FIRs registered within the case (one in Batala, two in Amritsar-Rural and two in Tarn Taran).

The DGP stated one absconding accused, recognized as Dharminder of Hathi Gate, Batala, was arrested on Tuesday within the case associated to the 13 deaths in Batala.

The DGP stated 50 litres of alcohol was seized from him.

As well as, the state police had launched a serious state-wide crackdown on spurious liquor up to now 24 hours, resulting in the arrest of 184 folks in 238 instances.

A complete of 5,943 litres of Illicit liquor, 1,332 litres of licit liquor and 32,470 kg of Lahan has been recovered, together with eight working stills, in these state-wide raids carried out by districts/commissionerates at varied suspicious locations. 

The raids, personally supervised by senior officers, led to the arrest of the 184 accused concerned in sale/ procurement/manufacturing of illicit liquor.

The liquor and lahan seizures have been reported from in and round Sutlej river in Ludhiana Police Commissionerate, some areas of Amritsar (Rural), Tarn Taran district, in addition to Anandpur Sahib and Nurpur Bedi areas, stated the DGP.

In keeping with the DGP, the arrest of Joshi and different criminals, has led the police to establish some extra key folks concerned within the manufacture and distribution of spurious liquor, together with the availability chain of methanol (methyl alcohol), which led to the deaths in Tarn Taran, Amritsar & Batala.

By the way, methanol or methyl alcohol poisoning has been behind many of the hooch tragedies in India, together with the latest one in Assam (168 deaths), UP (97 deaths) and Uttarakhand (30 deaths) in February 2020.

Related unlucky hooch tragedies had earlier triggered 167 deaths in Mumbai in June 2015 and in Bihar in August 2016.  

At the moment, methanol is definitely obtainable out there, and has many industrial purposes together with the manufacture of varnishes amongst different merchandise.

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